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Richards sets UAlbany scoring record with 41 points

Richards sets UAlbany scoring record with 41 points

Shereesha Richards dominated in the paint on Thursday night, scoring 41 points off 17-for-24 shootin

Shereesha Richards dominated in the paint on Thursday night, scoring 41 points off 17-for-24 shooting to set a new single-game scoring record and lead the University at Albany women’s basketball team to a 94-49 victory at Vermont to open America East Conference play.

“It was a great win today, sparked by our second-half surge,” said UAlbany coach Katie Abrahamson-Henderson. “Started by Tammy Phillip, getting steals with our press, we won with a strong team effort and put two good halves together.”

Richards finished with her eighth double-double of the year with 41 points and 11 rebounds. To set the single-game record, she surpassed Jen Schumacher and Cindy Werner, who each scored 36 points in 2005 and 1978, respectively.

“I am happy to get the record, but it was important to get the win,” said Richards. “We played together with great chemistry, and it all worked well today.”

“[Richards] was relentless in the post today offensively and defensively, leading us to the victory,” said Abrahamson-Henderson.

Sarah Royals helped the cause for UAlbany (11-3, 1-0 AE) with a near double-double, earning 18 points, eight assists and five steals. She also went 10-14 from the line.

“Definitely a good way to start conference play with a great statement,” said Royals. “We are so fortunate to have a great post player like [Richards], who is so versatile with great offense and defense.”

UALBANY (94)

Coughlin 0-3 0-0 0, Rosario 1-4 0-0 3, Williams 2-2 1-2 5, Richards 17-24 7-10 41, Craig 2-4 2-3 6, Royals 4-7 10-14 18, Tate 2-4 0-2 4, Phillip 5-8 0-0 10, Fequiere 1-1 0-1 2, Edwards 1-1 3-4 5. Totals: 35-58 23-36 94.

VERMONT (49)

Butler 2-6 0-0 4, Conley 0-1 1-2 1, Atwood 2-3 0-0 6, Burchill 4-10 5-6 15, Hutson 0-5 0-1 0, Brenner 1-1 0-0 2, White 3-11 1-2 9, Taylor 1-4 4-4 6, Shumpert 0-3 0-0 0, Britton 2-6 0-0 4, Eisler 1-7 0-1 2. Totals: 16-57 11-16 49.

Halftime: UAlbany, 38-27. Three-point goals: UAlbany 1-4 (Coughlin 0-2, Rosario 1-1, Royals 0-1), Vermont 6-19 (Butler 0-2, Atwood 2-3, Burchill 2-6, White 2-7, Eisler 0-1). Rebounds UAlbany 37 (Richards 11), Vermont 38 (Taylor 7). Assists: UAlbany 18 (Royals 8), Vermont 8 (Hutson 3). Total fouls: UAlbany 22, Vermont 29. Fouled out: Burchill, Britton. A — 384.

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